New Media meets old Media

Ali Balunywa

I started working on my research proposal last year. By the beginning of this year, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. And that is to research on the impact of ICT use on the print media journalist. I started establishing contact with the New Vision, the largest print media organization in Uganda.

I telephoned the Managing Director in January and briefly explained to him what I wanted to do. He asked me to put it in writing, attach the research proposal and send them to him by email. I did that immediately. I telephoned him again in February and in March sent him another email.

Before the end of March I received an email from the Human resource manager explaining that the MD had passed on my case to her for handling. I sent her my travel itinerary. She explained that she would be away at the time of my arrival but she provided me with her telephone contacts so that I call her and she coordinates with her colleagues.

On arrival I called her right away. She explained to me that my case was being handled, but that the person in charge was also not in office that week. After a week, I called to find out if I could start my research. I was asked to write a summary of my proposal and go to the office.

I did exactly that. I was told; I would be called after the managers had discussed my case. I tried to point out that I flew into the country for a limited time and that almost 2 weeks had gone by, but she responded that she was helpless! I left dejected wondering how I will manage the situation.

I contacted another media house and they were quite glad to be of help. However, I also had to put it in writing as a formality. I am still waiting for the response. Hopefully Monday I start after spending 2 weeks redundant.

Did I hear someone saying too much play without work makes Jack a bright boy?

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